There are a few things you can count on in August in Minnesota: a hint of autumn in the longer nights, great sweet corn, and the State Fair. On the sprawling grounds in St. Paul, the Fair is a spectacle of all things Minnesota, from prize heifers to farm machinery, live music to butter carving. And for many years, Red Wing Shoe Company had a booth at the Fair, showing off the year’s latest styles and selling old favorites. Farmers, miners and workmen from all corners of the state could browse and buy boots from our booth, where a tower of shoe boxes was stacked to suit all sizes. And no doubt, many of those boots returned to the Fair year after year on the feet of those who bought them for use in the fields, job sites, and mines from Hibbing to Rushford and in every county in between.
Red Wing had a booth at the Fair from the early 1920s up until 1964, but in 2005, we returned, bringing along our World’s Largest Boot, the size 638-1/2 style 877 that is normally on display at our Main Street retail store in downtown Red Wing. And even though we don’t sell boots at the fair anymore, Red Wing will no doubt be well represented there this year when it starts on August 25th, on the feet of many who attend. And they will fit right in, whether dodging cow pies in the Cattle Barn, climbing on tractors on Machinery Hill, or standing in line for a last ear of that summer sweet corn. Because nothing is more Minnesota than the State Fair, or Red Wing boots.